Several years ago, I started a range of baked goodies for Diwali called “Flavour Bombs”, these were the baked goodies which drew inspiration from sweets that were quintessentially Indian. Boondi ladoo and rabri cheesecakes, Chocolate and Pan cupcakes and few more items were on offer. I remember being drowned in orders and promising myself never to do it again but then came next diwali and the desire to bake something again on those lines came back with full force.
For the second round, I partnered with a dear friend Swati and while brainstorming she said “We must do something with the brownie.” and somehow in an instant my reply was “Let’s do a chikki brownie!”. I was traveling at that time and I remember how excited Swati got and tested a recipe the same evening and called me very excited on how good it is.
We put them on the menu, that year and the year next to it and though I don’t take orders anymore people still call to ask if I can bake them a batch of Chikki brownies, Diwali or not.
To me Chikki Brownies are warmth, an indication of the winter that is about to arrive. About the chilly evenings on the horizon and the memories of Delhi winter and eating patti after almost every meal. Besides the crunch of the chikki is just outstanding with the chewy chocolately brownies.
Chikki brownies to us now are a trademark of Diwali, for O they are the best brownies that exist and every time he eats a brownie home made or otherwise he goes “It is good but chikki brownies are the best”
And this also happens to be the first recipe on the youtube channel. Do see and tell me what do you think 🙂